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Fine Arts

Choose from several studio areas

Program description

This program of study is designed to prepare students to work professionally in an art field or to study at the advanced level at a graduate or professional school. Students complete coursework focused on a concentrated subject area.

We offer BFA concentrations in the following studio areas:

Ceramics-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

The ceramics program at ESU introduces students to handbuilding, wheelthrowing and casting processes in clay as well as a range of surface design, glazing, and firing approaches, and from the beginning provides exhibition experience through coursework. In addition to technical/material understanding and skill development, students develop awareness of the history of the medium as well as contemporary applications and practices.

Engraving-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

Using hand fabricated objects, you will go beyond traditional engraving applications. Early courses focus on becoming acclimated with the tools. It is this program's ambition to explore the conceptual as well as the technical side of engraving. This program welcomes all disciplines in an effort to combine techniques. Installation, ceramics, bones, metal, assemblage, printmaking, sculpture, painting, found objects (and more) are all invited into the lab for exploration.

Glass Forming-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

This program is designed to prepare students to work professionally the glass forming field or to study at the advanced level at a graduate or professional school. ESU has a dedicated glass studio available for student use and brings in multiple visiting artists each year for students to work with. In addition, the Glass Guild Blowout is hosted on campus every year, which brings in visiting artists and the public.

Graphic Design-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

Students are prepared for the field of graphic design through courses covering print and digital delivery methods. Emphasis is placed on the development of a strong technical foundation as well as developing an individual visual vocabulary to solve real-world design challenges.

Painting-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

Students dive deep into researching other painters’ methods and motivations from the past and present, while creating a body of work inspired by historically significant painters. Projects in Painting and Advanced Painting students narrow their focus while working to develop a personal body of work. In addition to the required painting classes, additional classes are occasionally offered to broaden students’ painting experiences including, Figure Painting, Watercolor, Mural Painting, Independent Study in Painting, and Internship in Painting.

Photography-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

The photography area at ESU introduces students to black and white darkroom, digital, non-silver processes, 35mm SLR and DSLR cameras, medium format and large format view cameras, and studio lighting. Emphasis is placed on the development of technical foundation, content, creativity, and individual artistic identity. In addition to explorations of the medium through various technical approaches, the history of photography and building a professional resume through exhibition, publication, and scholarship is underscored.

Printmaking-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

This program of studies is designed to prepare students to work professionally in an art field or to study at the advanced level at a graduate or professional school.

Sculpture-Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration

Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style while exploring new fabricating skills. Researching the methods and motivations of other sculptors’, both past and present, keeps pressure on the student to reexamine personal preference and direction. Projects in Sculpture and Advanced Sculpture students develop a personal body of work aimed towards a final senior exhibition project. In addition to the required classes, additional classes are occasionally offered or suggested to broaden students’ experiences including, Glass Forming, Ceramics or a professional Internship project in Sculpture.

Degree requirements

For degree requirements for all concentrations. To see specialized degree requirements for a specific concentration, follow the link to the concentration's page.

Admission requirements

Apply to Emporia State University.

Opportunities at ESU

  • Student Organizations. Join your artist community in clubs such as the Clay Guild, Glass Guild, Photo Club, National Art Education Association (NAEA), and American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).
  • Art Galleries. Emporia has two galleries, the Norman R. Eppink & Gilson Memorial Galleries. Come be inspired by local and national pieces!
  • Student Exhibitions. Present your best work at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition, and admire the work of your peers.
  • Art Forum Visiting Artists Lecture Series. Come listen to and meet outstanding artists from around the country.

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Phone + Email

(620) 341-5246

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Address + Location

Building

King Hall 010D

Address

Campus Box 4015
Emporia, KS 66801